Saturday, August 3, 2013

DIY Tiered Serving Tray

How many of you have seen those beautiful serving tiers in department stores?  How many of us have fallen in love with them only to look at the price tag and realize, if you purchased your new love, you might have to go without food for the next week?!  What's the fun in having something beautiful to serve food on, but no food?!  Pretty pointless in my opinion.  No more lamenting over lost serving trays, now you can make your own!
I started off with a plain white dish  from the dollar store. I also purchased the candle sticks that I use for support from the dollar store. (No picture of just the candle sticks, sorry)

I then add some design.  I purchased a stencil from Wal-Mart and, with the aid of a sharpie and patience, got this.  You will need to place your dishes in the oven for 30 min. on 350 degrees.  I let mine completely cool before removing them from the oven.  Due this step BEFORE you assemble your tray.


As for putting them together I used E6000 industrial strength adhesive, I picked mine up at my local craft store.  It dries clear and holds really well.  There has been a lot of debate on this adhesive because it has a warning for no food contact.  I got around this by applying the adhesive inside the candle stick; so there is no adhesive where food will be.

Here we go folks!  A beautiful tiered serving tray that didn't cost me my first born!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Before
Shadow Box Table
After
I had so much fun with this project!  I was making this for one of my most favorite people in the world, my sister! I bought this table with no idea what I was going to do with it, but for $10.00 I couldn't pass it up.
I had thought about making it into a ottoman, but after looking at the price of foam and picking myself up off the floor, decided to go another direction.  This shadow box table was what I decided on.
First I add some braces made out of 1x2 lumber

Then I added a piece of MDF for the bottom.  You don't need to use expensive plywood because you want see the MDF.

I add a bead of caulk along the seam.

Primed and painted.  I sanded the table a little just to give the paint something to hold onto.

I got this paper from Marshall, it's wrapping paper!  I used Mod to apply it to the surface. Make sure you use the one for furniture.
Add a little decorative trim and 


Tadaaa!   A beautiful table you can use to display pictures, shells or what ever tickles your fancy!

Monday, June 17, 2013

I thought I would start off with something super simple.  Most people have containers left over they don't know what to do with, coffee cans, sugar container, and for me pork skin containers (hubby and kids love these things). The idea here is to use something that you would usually throw away and turn it into a great container for almost anything.  I have decided that they make great portable toy containers!
 Here are some tools you will need to make your project simple and fast.  A drill to make the holes for the handle, rope for the handle, scissors, and I used a cardboard box to drill my holes ( this kept it from damaging my table).

 After drilling the holes I threaded the rope threw the holes and just did a simple not to secure it in place.  A little tip, put some scotch tape on the ends to make the threading easier. Also, make sure your holes are the right sized to fit you rope. I did it a size smaller than the circumference of my rope.



 I added a label just to help my kids put the right toys were they belong, but it is completely up to you what you do with the outside.  You could even encourage your children to decorate it themselves!
 My little man loves to walk around caring his blocks!
 Happy making!! Don't forget to follow my page for all the latest projects!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I am a lover of all things old!  The prospect of taking something that is unused, outdated, or just plain ugly and turning it into a piece that is cherished is exciting to me.  The same can be said for taking a item and refitting it or refurbishing it into something completely unexpected.  I come from a family who recycles and this is my contribution to the world at large. When I say my family recycles I don't just mean everyday cans and plastics. No, we recycle cars, old appliances, and any time of scrap metal you can think of.  So instead of it sitting in a land field somewhere it becomes something new again.  That is my goal here.  To make things new and useful again.  I hope you enjoy and find inspiration! 

Stephanie

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